Image by Steve Weinik, courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Commuters traveling between Philadelphia and New York, upwards of 34,000 of them daily, are getting a pop of color added to their train ride between 30th Street and North Philadelphia Stations. Meant to be viewed from inside a moving train, psychylustro is a neon-colored, multi-part temporary installation by artist Katharina Grosse. The City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program invited the Berlin-based artist to create a piece of public art that would spark the imaginations of Amtrak commuters along the rather bleak Northeast Corridor. (more…)
Reading Viaduct, rendering by Bryan Hanes
Back in December, we shared a list of 10 Plans for Elevated “High Line” Parks Around the World. One of these plans in Philadelphia has been in the works for more than 10 years, and is just now beginning to come into fruition. The Reading Viaduct is a mile-long stretch of elevated train tracks running through the Callowhill and Chinatown North neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Constructed in 1893, it carried commuters and freight to Center City Philadelphia for almost 100 years.
The High Line in New York City is one of the most well-known elevated parks, but around the world there are many similar urban reclamation projects underway. The success of the High Line inspired many other cities around the world to reuse and rethink space around old rail lines. Here are 10 plans from Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia, the United States and Mexico.
This photograph was mislabeled in LIFE Magazine as Columbus Circle. Image Source: Getty Images
Our article on vintage photos of Columbus Circle was super popular, but we got a good number of comments saying that one of the photos was not actually Columbus Circle. Indeed, it might not even be from New York City. The photo in question by Margaret Bourke-White was sourced from LIFE Magazine with the caption: “Columbus Circle, New York City, photographed from a helicopter, 1952.” Obviously, without the Christopher Columbus statue itself, and with the existence of two plazas, this is not Columbus Circle. We decided to do some digging to figure out where this photograph is from exactly.
In North Philadelphia, around Germantown and Lehigh Avenues, an entire neighborhood has been repainted in bright, fun colors as part of the city’s Mural Arts Program. We got a chance to walk through with the artists, Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas, who are most well-known for their work painting the Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro.
The project was called Philly Painting, and Dre and Jeroen who are originally from Holland, were invited to be artists in residence in 2012. Their work goes beyond aesthetics however, their ultimate goal is to use art to transform and revitalize neighborhoods. Though they were invited by the mayor of Philadelphia, it was important to them that those in the neighborhood “understand the reasons why we’re here,” Dre tells us.
Brooklyn Flea Philly launched last Sunday at the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Philadelphia’s new up-and-coming neighborhood of Northern Liberties, aka NoLibs. Like its twin brother in Williamsburg, the open-air market will run every Sunday 10am-5pm and will feature a tightly curated selection of art, antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing and jewelry. (more…)